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}}{{tnr}}'''Josh Harkins''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Mississippi State Senate]], representing the 20th Senatorial District.  He joined the [[Mississippi State Senate]] in 2012 and has served in that position since.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Josh Harkins''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Mississippi State Senate]], representing District 20.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.
  
Harkins is a commercial builder and developer. He is a licensed real estate broker and Vice President of Harkins Realty, Inc. He also owns and operates JMH Construction Company and co-founded JR Constructors, specializing in storm and disaster-related construction services.
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==Biography==
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Harkins earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Mississippi State University.  His professional experience includes working as a commercial builder and developer, licensed real estate broker, and Vice President of Harkins Realty, Inc. He also owns and operates JMH Construction Company and co-founded JR Constructors, specializing in storm and disaster-related construction services.<ref>[http://www.joshharkins.com/AboutJosh.html ''JoshHarkins.com,'' "About Josh," Accessed July 25, 2011]</ref>
  
Harkins earned a his bachelor degree in marketing and business administration from Mississippi State University.<ref>[http://www.joshharkins.com/AboutJosh.html ''JoshHarkins.com,'' "About Josh," Accessed July 25, 2011]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2012-2013===
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Harkins served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = Mississippi
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|year = 2012
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Economic Development
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|Committee2 = Elections
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|Committee3 = Finance
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|Committee4 = Housing
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|Committee5 = Judiciary, Division A
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|Committee6 = Public Health and Welfare
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
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On his website, Harkins highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref name=issues>[http://www.joshharkins.com/Issues.html ''Josh Harkins.com,'' "Key issues in district 20," accessed August 24, 2011]</ref>
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*"I am running for the Mississippi Senate district 20 for several reasons. Most importantly is the desire to fill the vacant seat with a solid dependable conservative voice for the citizens of Madison and Rankin counties. I want the voters to know that my conservative philosophy will be the guiding factor as to how I will represent this district."
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*"I will work hard to find ways to CUT SPENDING in order to balance the budget. I think we are taxed enough as it is, and especially in this economy we find ourselves in today.  My position is that the last thing we need to consider is an increase in taxes. The families of our state have to live within their means and there is no reason why the state should operate any differently."
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*"In the area of economic development, I will support BUSINESS FRIENDLY LEADERSHIP by providing the least amount of regulation with the greatest amount of freedom for our business leaders and entrepreneurs to stimulate growth and provide better job opportunities for all of us. That means providing the credits and incentives necessary to win the new business  and industry locations we need for our community."
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*"I am a product of the public education system in Rankin County, and I believe we need to continue to provide our children with the best educational opportunities and environments, within our means, so that we have an educated world-class work force able to compete in what is now a global economy."
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*"It is essential that we provide better transportation arteries for Rankin and Madison counties to accommodate the rapid growth we have experienced. We need safe streets for our citizens to travel and for our businesses to deliver their goods and services to market."
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*"I support pro-life issues. I support our citizens’ second amendment right to bear arms. I believe in the least amount of government regulation and intrusion into our lives and the greatest amount of liberty and freedom for all of us."
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorse|2012|Newt Gingrich}}<ref>[http://www.newt.org/news/newt-2012-announces-mississippi-leaders-with-newt/ ''Newt Gingrich 2012,'' "Newt 2012 Announces “Mississippi Leaders With Newt”," March 12, 2012]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Newt Gingrich}}<ref>[http://www.newt.org/news/newt-2012-announces-mississippi-leaders-with-newt/ ''Newt Gingrich 2012,'' "Newt 2012 Announces “Mississippi Leaders With Newt”," March 12, 2012]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011]]''
  
Harkins won the 2011 election for [[Mississippi State Senate|Mississippi Senate]] District 20. He and [[Knox Ross]] both defeated [[Tony Bahou]] and [[Steve Gaines]] in the primary on August 2, 2011. Harkins defeated Ross in a runoff primary election on August 23, 2011 and faced no opposition in the general election on November 8, 2011. <ref>[http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/home/tab1/2011%20Mississippi%20House%20and%20Senate%20Candidates.pdf ''Mississippi Department of State,'' 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List]</ref><ref>[http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110823/NEWS04/110823043/Longwitz-Harkins-apparent-winners-GOP-Senate-races?odyssey=nav|head ''Clarion Ledger'' "Longwitz, Harkins apparent winners in GOP Senate races," August 23, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.wdam.com/story/15317804/election-2011-runoff-results ''WDAM'' "Election 2011 Runoff Results," August 23, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.sunherald.com/2011/08/23/3370875/legislative-incumbents-toppled.html ''Sun Herald'' "Legislative incumbents toppled," August 23, 2011]</ref>
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Harkins won the 2011 election for [[Mississippi State Senate|Mississippi Senate]] District 20. He and [[Knox Ross]] both defeated [[Tony Bahou]] and [[Steve Gaines]] in the primary on August 2, 2011. Harkins defeated Ross in a runoff primary election on August 23, 2011 and faced no opposition in the general election on November 8, 2011.<ref>[http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/home/tab1/2011%20Mississippi%20House%20and%20Senate%20Candidates.pdf ''Mississippi Department of State,'' 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List]</ref><ref>[http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110823/NEWS04/110823043/Longwitz-Harkins-apparent-winners-GOP-Senate-races?odyssey=nav|head ''Clarion Ledger'' "Longwitz, Harkins apparent winners in GOP Senate races," August 23, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.wdam.com/story/15317804/election-2011-runoff-results ''WDAM'' "Election 2011 Runoff Results," August 23, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.sunherald.com/2011/08/23/3370875/legislative-incumbents-toppled.html ''Sun Herald'' "Legislative incumbents toppled," August 23, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Issues==
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On his campaign website, Harkins outlines his position on a number of issues:
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==Personal==
*"I am running for the Mississippi Senate district 20 for several reasons. Most importantly is the desire to fill the vacant seat with a solid dependable conservative voice for the citizens of Madison and Rankin counties. I want the voters to know that my conservative philosophy will be the guiding factor as to how I will represent this district."<ref name=issues>[http://www.joshharkins.com/Issues.html ''Josh Harkins.com,'' "Key issues in district 20," accessed August 24, 2011]</ref>
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Harkins and his wife, Andrea, have two children.
*"I will work hard to find ways to CUT SPENDING in order to balance the budget. I think we are taxed enough as it is, and especially in this economy we find ourselves in today.  My position is that the last thing we need to consider is an increase in taxes. The families of our state have to live within their means and there is no reason why the state should operate any differently."<ref name=issues/>
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*"In the area of economic development, I will support BUSINESS FRIENDLY LEADERSHIP by providing the least amount of regulation with the greatest amount of freedom for our business leaders and entrepreneurs to stimulate growth and provide better job opportunities for all of us. That means providing the credits and incentives necessary to win the new business  and industry locations we need for our community."<ref name=issues/>
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*"I am a product of the public education system in Rankin County, and I believe we need to continue to provide our children with the best educational opportunities and environments, within our means, so that we have an educated world-class work force able to compete in what is now a global economy."<ref name=issues/>
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*"It is essential that we provide better transportation arteries for Rankin and Madison counties to accommodate the rapid growth we have experienced. We need safe streets for our citizens to travel and for our businesses to deliver their goods and services to market."<ref name=issues/>
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*"I support pro-life issues. I support our citizens’ second amendment right to bear arms. I believe in the least amount of government regulation and intrusion into our lives and the greatest amount of liberty and freedom for all of us."<ref name=issues/>
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==Personal==
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Harkins and his wife, Andrea, have two children.
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.joshharkins.com/ Harkins' official campaign website]
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*[http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/senate/harkins.xml Office website]
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Josh-Harkins-for-Senate/188647367824868 Harkins' campaign page on Facebook]
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*[http://www.joshharkins.com/ Campaign website]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Josh-Harkins-for-Senate/188647367824868 Campaign Facebook page]
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*[http://openstates.org/ms/legislators/MSL000186/josh-harkins/ Profile from Open States]
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 13:00, 4 April 2014

Josh Harkins
Josh Harkins.jpg
Mississippi Senate District 20
Incumbent
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
Personal
ProfessionReal estate builder and developer
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
Josh Harkins is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Biography

Harkins earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes working as a commercial builder and developer, licensed real estate broker, and Vice President of Harkins Realty, Inc. He also owns and operates JMH Construction Company and co-founded JR Constructors, specializing in storm and disaster-related construction services.[1]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Harkins served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Development
Elections
Finance
Housing
Judiciary, Division A
Public Health and Welfare

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

On his website, Harkins highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • "I am running for the Mississippi Senate district 20 for several reasons. Most importantly is the desire to fill the vacant seat with a solid dependable conservative voice for the citizens of Madison and Rankin counties. I want the voters to know that my conservative philosophy will be the guiding factor as to how I will represent this district."
  • "I will work hard to find ways to CUT SPENDING in order to balance the budget. I think we are taxed enough as it is, and especially in this economy we find ourselves in today. My position is that the last thing we need to consider is an increase in taxes. The families of our state have to live within their means and there is no reason why the state should operate any differently."
  • "In the area of economic development, I will support BUSINESS FRIENDLY LEADERSHIP by providing the least amount of regulation with the greatest amount of freedom for our business leaders and entrepreneurs to stimulate growth and provide better job opportunities for all of us. That means providing the credits and incentives necessary to win the new business and industry locations we need for our community."
  • "I am a product of the public education system in Rankin County, and I believe we need to continue to provide our children with the best educational opportunities and environments, within our means, so that we have an educated world-class work force able to compete in what is now a global economy."
  • "It is essential that we provide better transportation arteries for Rankin and Madison counties to accommodate the rapid growth we have experienced. We need safe streets for our citizens to travel and for our businesses to deliver their goods and services to market."
  • "I support pro-life issues. I support our citizens’ second amendment right to bear arms. I believe in the least amount of government regulation and intrusion into our lives and the greatest amount of liberty and freedom for all of us."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Josh Harkins endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2011

See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Harkins won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 20. He and Knox Ross both defeated Tony Bahou and Steve Gaines in the primary on August 2, 2011. Harkins defeated Ross in a runoff primary election on August 23, 2011 and faced no opposition in the general election on November 8, 2011.[4][5][6][7]

Mississippi State Senate, District 20 Republican Primary Runoff, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harkins 51.4% 7,297
Knox Ross 48.6% 6,896
Total Votes 14,193
Mississippi State Senate, District 20 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harkins 40.9% 7,592
Green check mark transparent.pngKnox Ross 41.2% 7,662
Tony Bahou 7.3% 1,355
Steve Gaines 10.6% 1,967
Total Votes 18,576

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Harkins received $178,823 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Josh Harkins's campaign in 2011
Harkins, Josh$28,000
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$5,000
Harkins, Gary & Pam$5,000
Mississippi Manufacturers Association$4,000
Scales, Roy$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $178,823
Total Votes received in 2011 7,297
Cost of each vote received $24.51

Personal

Harkins and his wife, Andrea, have two children.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Josh + Harkins + Mississippi + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lee Yancey
Mississippi State Senate District 20
2012–present
Succeeded by
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